Russia-Ukraine war:Now is the time to expect solid outcomes -Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated its time to “expect solid outcomes” from the latest round of talks between Russia and Ukraine.
Erdogan, speaking in Istanbul as talks begun on Tuesday, he emphasized that “it’s up to both sides to stop this tragedy.”
“We think we’re in a period where we should expect solid outcomes from negotiations. You’re laying the foundations of peace with the directives of your leaders,” he said, emphasizing that an “immediate ceasefire and peace would benefit all.”
While Turkey is a NATO member and Erdogan characterized the invasion as “unacceptable” at its onset, the president has tried to position himself as a potential broker for peace between Russia and Ukraine.
Speaking to reporters Friday, Erdogan said Ukraine and Russia appear to have reached “an understanding” on four out of six topics discussed during negotiations, including Ukraine staying out of NATO as well as the acceptance of Russian as an official language.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, last week any constitutional changes that relate to security guarantees would need to be decided through a referendum and not by him alone.